Leading Change: A Discussion with Female Leaders in the Social Sector
By Natalye Paquin, CEO, Points of Light
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” ― Malala Yousafzai
During Women’s History Month, anchored by International Women’s Day, we celebrate the unique leadership and contributions made by women across generations. There is something remarkable and yet unsurprising about recognizing the inspirational message of a young woman like Malala Yousafzai, who, at age 11 became an activist for education for girls, and at age 17 became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
During every age in history, women of every age have made history – some civically engaged as vocal leaders on issues they care about, and some as hidden figures whose contributions influence our lives today.
In celebration of the diversity of ways in which women lead a civic life, we brought together three nonprofit founders from around the world to share their experiences, talk about their work as part of the Points of Light Network, and offer advice to emerging women leaders who will continue to carry forward our collective mission.
Maya Angelou once said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” Our three video-chat guests embrace and embody this mission.
With many thanks to Vanessa Diamond, senior vice president of civic innovations at The Community Foundation and co-founder of HandsOn Greater Richmond; Carolina Freire, founder of Voluntarios de Panamá; and Deva-Dee Siliee, co-director and founder of Curaçao Cares.
Learn more about the Points of Light Network.